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Old 05-24-2013, 08:42 AM   #1
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We are interested in buying a 1999, 31' excella. It looks in good shape But. It has not been used for a couple years. Has been stored in a barn. Owner told us he can't keep the mice out of it and not 5 min later as we sat on couch, a mouse came down the hall from bedroom and into bathroom. This has us worried about damage which mice can inflict. Any advice on how to proceed? Or should we abandon interest?
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:11 AM   #2
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I'd still buy it if the price was right. To deal with mice, you have to deal with them every day until you have trapped or killed them all. In the meantime, look for their places and clean them up.

Once you move the unit and killed the present occupants, you can use balled-up aluminum screen material and stuff that up everyplace you can find to reduce their access points.

You will still pick up new visitors in some campgrounds - then be diligent and keep up the fight.

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Old 05-24-2013, 09:15 AM   #3
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Micky and Minnie like living in the upscale surroundings of an AIRSTREAM. They also like to leave their scent behind and, the source and the remnants, are very difficult to get rid of.

If you want the unit, discount the price to whatever you think smells right with you.

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We are interested in buying a 1999, 31' excella. It looks in good shape But. It has not been used for a couple years. Has been stored in a barn. Owner told us he can't keep the mice out of it and not 5 min later as we sat on couch, a mouse came down the hall from bedroom and into bathroom. This has us worried about damage which mice can inflict. Any advice on how to proceed? Or should we abandon interest?
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:11 AM   #4
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The worst damage mice can cause is to wiring. I have had a lot of vintage mouse motel A$ and never found a wiring problem. They can also eat through wood. In my opinion, uncommon, but an easy fix. The more common problem is accumulated mouse urine especially near nests. The 71 I now use for camping had the worst mouse problem of any of my trailers. It was not too hard to clean it up, and I replaced all my mousey upholstery, which was rotten anyway. A good cleaning got rid of 95% of the smell. The remaining 5% took years to go away completely, or maybe I just got used to it. An area mice like to play in and have mouse orgies is the belly pan. You could drop the belly pan and replace the fiberglass (stupid place for fiberglass) with rigid foam. I was too lazy.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:46 AM   #5
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Thanks. Those were pretty much our concerns. Dropping the belly pan would be a must I guess as the inside doesn't appear to have mouse nests. I guess if wiring works they haven't chewed thru it. We will have to think what price would "smell" right given the work ahead.
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Don't know much about the New York mice, but out West we have to deal with hantavirus from leftover droppings. That might be a concern, so where a mask when cleaning.

I had a couple of mice move in and build a nest with toilet paper. They were moving around through openings in between the walls. Set traps and blasted some annoying loud music and they just picked up and moved out.
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Old 05-24-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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Don't know much about the New York mice, but out West we have to deal with hantavirus from leftover droppings. That might be a concern, so where a mask when cleaning.

I had a couple of mice move in and build a nest with toilet paper. They were moving around through openings in between the walls. Set traps and blasted some annoying loud music and they just picked up and moved out.
Here in Seattle our mice have grown up on annoying loud music. They'll throw a party and invite all their friends.
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Old 05-24-2013, 02:23 PM   #8
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About mice I have a couple of things to say.....traditional traps with a bit of pecan for bait, it's even better than peanut butter.

The ultrasonic things seem to work also at keeping them out. (from Tractor Supply)
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A terrier should get rid of them and keep them out, and makes a much better furry companion.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:09 PM   #10
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If the mice get in between the skins you'll never get the smell out... THE SMELL OF MOUSE PISS I tore my trailer apart to the frame to get rid of that smell. Buyers beware.
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:17 PM   #11
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We use cedar shavings on the floor of our feed room in the horse barn. The idea is the mice do not like the smell of the cedar. It "seems" to work.

So....in my trailer, I keep a few old socks filled with cedar shavings in various cabinets and storage areas, and of course, I change the shavings every few months so the smell is fresh. It "seems" to work. No mice.
But then, no elephants, alligators or small neighbor kids in there either....so take it for what it's worth.
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We kept our former trailer at a farm for winter storage for a couple of winters. I had read on the forum about stuffing dryer sheets around and that the mice and other critters don't like the smell. I've also heard that it's a myth and not very effective. However, all that said, we had that trailer for 4 years and did not have any invasion of mice during that time. So maybe they work, maybe they don't. They are cheap and smell nice so they can't do any harm. The only unwanted visitors we've found, except for misquotes that is, is the infamous stink bugs. But not too bad, just annoying.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:25 PM   #13
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More info on Hantavirus, previously highlighted by Mojo:

News articles seem to indicate that Hantavirus may be limited to southwest desert areas; and this disease can be avoided, if reasonable precautions are taken when cleaning dried rodent urine and droppings. However, it should be noted that there appears to be no specific treatment, cure, or vaccine for a hantavirus infection, which can be fatal.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:14 PM   #14
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I used one of these http://www.victorpest.com/store/mouse-control/m752s
100% of the time for the last three years, when I can plug to shore power. My trailer is parked 10' from a wooded area spring, summer, and fall. The mice moved out and have not come back.
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